We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


206 South Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 72 Restaurants in Front Royal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, International, Bistro
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Description: The endless creativity of Chef-Owners David and Stacy Gedney has produced an excellent bistro alternative to the commitment of fine dining restaurants and to the ennui of the countless chain restaurants. Element offers a variety of sapid dishes for lunch and dinner in a relaxed and modern atmosphere, augmented by a full bar, beers on draft and an elegant wine list. We adjust the menu regularly to keep our ingredients fresh and our choices interesting.
Write a Review

88 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Baltimore, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We visited this restaurant on recommendation from Tom at Killahevlin B&B where we were staying. We had lunch there and both my husband and i thoroughly enjoyed our salads and sandwiches. We enjoyed it so much we wanted to come back the next day.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Having lived most of my life in Washington D.C. and San Diego, I am accustomed to excellent cuisine and have become a bit of a food snob. We generally don't enjoy the majority of restaurants in Front Royal. My taste buds were delighted with my first meal and dessert at Element. The service and ambience were excellent too. The owners... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marshall, Virginia
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Read the reviews before heading to Front Royal and decided this would be a great place to have lunch before touring Skyline Caverns. The tour of a Skyline Caverns was superior but this restaurant was a disappointment. - walked in and most tables empty but not cleaned from previous customers - limited lunch menu - wait service was slow due... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This restaurant is as good as it is unpretentious. The building doesn't really suggest a great restaurant, but I think this may be an example of how the owners can spend more money on the ingredients because they spend less on rent. This would be worth a drive from DC, where the building is often more impressive than the food.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

First-class food in a cool vintage building - great wine list, terrific food, and amazing desserts. We enjoyed the asian scallops, the quail, and the burger, with peach pavlova and bourbon bread pudding for dessert. Excellent wine list, and it appears the restaurant recently acquired the space next door which used to be a wine shop. Now it is a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

While the outside of this restaurant was raggedy, a Trip Advisor recommendation, overtook us. The inside is charming, painted in deep colors. Sandwiches were really good: turkey with bacon and veggies on a delicious roll with a great poppyseed dressing. The tomato-crab-dill soup of the day had lots of good crab taste. My husband's sandwich, Old Rag Mountain, had mustard... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Markham, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The Element is fantastic! The food is superb, taking patrons beyond tired fast food fare while keeping to the casual. Our server, Todd, couldn't have been more helpful, accommodating, or understanding. He's just a genuinely nice person and fun to talk with. Locals and visitors to the Valley, especially Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park, will find this inviting and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Went here for a birthday dinner. Highly recommended. Everything was perfect, great food and excellent service. Tried the Salmon, quail, pork, and an excellent salad. Get the prime rib special if they have it, huge. Desserts were really good as well. Excellent value for the price, better than big city restaurants that cost twice as much. They have a nice... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Front Royal, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We have a monthly social and go to different places each month locally or maybe out in Winchester. We chose Elements for April and we so enjoyed the evening. Great atmosphere and incredible food. I had the Salman dinner and it had kind of a crusty texture from the grill and it was amazing. They have a small menu but... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Food was bad, order was wrong, Attitudes where bad, parking sucks, Local drinkers got better service than the diners. Everyone has a bad night , so maybe if the moon aligns with Mars I may go back in this place.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Element also viewed


Been to Element? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Element, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing